Back To The Food

I seem to have digressed away from the food recently but today I am back.  Back on food.  Healthy and nutritious food.

I have not felt quite right since Saturday.  I have had a very irritable stomach which is most unusual for me as I normally have rather a cast iron constitution.  So I browsed some of my favourite blogs for something healthy to make.  I was working from home today so could freshly prepare everything.

1 cup of frozen berries

plus some basil

may not seem a likely combination but I have to say it was delicious.

Inspired by one of my favourite blogs, Choosing Raw, I tried my version of the Blackberry Basil Smoothie Gena made recently.  But I didn’t have blackberries so I used mixed berries.

Berry and Basil Smoothie

1 large cup of frozen berries
1 large banana
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a few basil leaves

Blend until completely smooth.

This was surprisingly tasty and something I will be making again.   Try it – you may be pleasantly surprised too.

Mid-morning I snacked on some fresh Kent cherries.

For lunch I went foraging in the garden.  This pink veined kale is one of the prettiest leaves I am growing.

Plus some broccoli leaves

and a large beetroot leaf.

These were added to some onion, yellow pepper and mushrooms which I slowly fried.  I then wilted the chopped green leaves and made an omelette with some Cheddar cheese.  Delicious and substantial and so simple to make.

In the afternoon I still felt poorly and very tired so I made a healthy long drink.  A smoothie really but with far more liquid and less fruit than usual.  I mixed together some Kombucha with a banana, some frozen mixed berries, 1 tbsp Tahini and had a large multi – vitamin tablet with it.

I am not sure if it was the Kombucha smoothie or the omelette but I finally felt more comfortable and not so exhausted.

I went to a little function at Harvey’s school.  I was not tempted by the wine but I did enjoy some crackers with cheese.

When we got home I foraged in the garden.  I found some peas,

lots of lettuce and some radish

which I had with some cucumber, tomatoes and Fishfingers!  I was going to have something else but Harvey wanted fish fingers so we both had them.  2 salmon ones and 4 cod, with salad.

I really enjoyed them, served with just a blob of mayonnaise.

I then made some ice-cream.  Yes I did.  It took about 10 minutes and I don’t even have an ice-cream maker.  You just need a blender and a freezer.  This is a vegan and healthy ice-cream.  Inspired again by Choosing Raw, I made the Raw Vegan Blueberry Ginger Ice-Cream.  Gena’s looked smoother than mine and I should have re-blended it as she advised but I was in too much of a rush for it as was Harvey who couldn’t believe I made ice-cream.

Blueberry and Ginger Ice-Cream  (serves 2)

2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1/4 cup cashews (which I soaked for several hours)
2 tsp lemon juice
2-4 tbsp almond milk

Blend until smooth.

This was  delicious and so easy to make.  I will make this again for sure.

I have prepared a lot of healthy food today in ways that were quick and easy and simple but that tasted great.  I also packed in a lot of nutrients which is important too.  So I feel full and satisfied and not at all guilty.  It was good to remind myself of how simple it is to prepare fresh nutritious food.  Back to the food – you should see what I have already prepared for tomorrow 🙂 .

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to Back To The Food

  1. Gena says:

    Aww, I’m so happy both recipes were a success! Cheers!

    • Hi Gena, I loved both these recipes soooo much 🙂 You spotted them quickly. I was going to publish this post and then come over to your site to leave a comment but you got here first. Thanks for 2 such great recipes.

  2. Lucy says:

    I will check out Gena’s blog too although my nut and seed-free existence does seem to make veganism a real problem. You did better than me – I had amazing lentil and sweet potato and pearled spelt soup followed by chocolate cake and a packet ofncrisps. Why do I do it? X

  3. laura1952 says:

    I will be checking out Gena’s Blog as well. Gosh everything looked so great and I will definitely be having your breakfast today with the Fruit and Basil tomorrow morning. Thanks for the fabulous idea Gena about adding Basil to a fruit smoothie. I never would have thought. But, I never thought spinach and banana would taste so wonderful.

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